Friday, January 9, 2015

What Can Parents Do to Help Their Students’ Stress Levels?

It’s finals time — the temperatures are dropping and students’ stress levels are rising. What’s a parent to do? The next session of the Healthy Patriot discussion series will provide some answers.

“What are Some Good Ways to Blow Off Stress?” will take place from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the District 125 Administration Center. The event is free, and breakfast items will be provided.

Guidance Counselor Sarah Kellogg and Social Worker Christina Foss from the SHS Student Services Division will offer some strategies parents can use to help their student manage anxiety and stress for finals and beyond.

Alum Working With Facebook Co-Founder to Help Givers

SHS alumnus Holden Karnovsky (Class of 1999) was featured in a Washington Post article last month about “effective altruism,” a term used to describe philanthropic actions based on evidence and reason to do the most good.

Karnovsky, a Harvard graduate and former hedge fund analyst, is co-founder of a nonprofit charity evaluator called GiveWell. He also is friends with Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and his wife, Cari Tuna, who are giving away much of their $8.1 billion fortune. Karnovsky’s organization and a nonprofit created by Moskovitz and Tuna combined forces recently on something they called the Open Philanthropy Project, which seeks to maximize the impact of giving.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Bowling

Stevenson 9, Libertyville 0: Three Patriots broke the 600-series barrier at Lakeside Lanes as SHS won by nearly 500 pins overall. Kaitlyn Rudy led all bowlers with a 651 series, rolling games of 247, 222 and 182. Colleen VanDerMeulen shot a 632, with scores of 225, 205 and 202. Xanthe Coulson had the highest game of the match, a 254, and added a 190 and 169 for a 613 series. Sam Szura contributed a 531 series (192, 183 and 156) and Nina Wright had a 451 (157, 151 and 143). Stevenson outscored the Wildcats, 2,878-2,389, and had a second game total of 1,052, the second-highest in program history.

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 9, Evanston 0: At Lakeside Lanes, the host Patriots moved to 13-0 as their five seniors took the stage for Senior Night. Matt Poetker rolled the third-highest three-game series in school history, a 747, with games of 269, 256 and 222. Alex Salas had a 593 series, with games of 214, 206 and 173. Michael Aranyi added a 582 (205, 197 and 180), Rafa Ridao had a 556 (210, 179 and 167) and Jeremy Gober shot a 513 (196, 171 and 146).

Reminder: Basketball Game on The U Too Tonight

Tonight’s varsity boys basketball game against Zion-Benton will be shown live on The U Too network at 7 p.m. The U Too is not available on U-Verse, Dish or Dish Network. According to WCIU, The U Too can be found at 248 and 360 on Xfinity, and 26.2 or 48.1 (HD) over the air. Click here to see WCIU’s channel finder.

Stevenson-Simeon Basketball Tickets On Sale Monday

Tickets for Stevenson’s basketball showdown with Simeon in the 20th annual McDonald’s City-Suburban Showdown go on sale Monday at the Athletic Office and the Patriot Superstore. The two teams, who met in the 2013 state championship game, will square off at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 21 at Niles West High School in Skokie. The game will be the second half of a prep doubleheader. Lake Forest will battle Highland Park in the opening game at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10. The Athletic Office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days, while the Patriot Superstore is open on school days during the lunch periods and 30 minutes before the start of classes.

Ambrose Discusses West Virginia Tournament Games

Boys basketball head coach Pat Ambrose talked with Pioneer Press about his team’s recent performance in West Virginia at the Cancer Research Classic. Click here to read the Q&A.

Horwitz Returns Provides Spark for Wrestling Team

The wrestling team is having one of its best seasons in years, and Zach Horwitz is a major reason why. The senior broke his ankle in an offseason match last spring, but has battled back and is proving to be a major force at 220 pounds — even though he only weighs 195. Horwitz and his teammates are hoping to beat Libertyville for the first time ever when the two schools meet next Friday.

Baumann Delights in Long-Awaited Football Title

Tom Baumann, the school’s first football coach, finally reached the top after 52 seasons when SHS won the Class 8A state championship in November. Baumann has spent 38 years with the Patriot football program in different roles, and reflected recently with Patricia Babcock McGraw of the Daily Herald on the title and what it was like to start the team from scratch in 1965. Meanwhile, the state champs were honored by the Buffalo Grove Village Board this week.



Looking for Stress Relief? Head to the Student Lounge

Stressed? Come take a break and de stress in the student lounge. There are different things each day, so come visit and pop some bubble wrap, get some mints to refresh your brain, make a stress ball, or enjoy some free hot chocolate.

Kiva Club’s S-Factor Singing Competition Tonight

The Kiva Club will hold its annual S-Factor student singing competition at 7 p.m. tonight in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5 in advance through the Patriot Superstore or $7 at the door.

Become a PE Leader

The application to become a PE Leader for 2015-16 is available online at There also are QR codes you can scan outside of each PE Office to get to the application. All applications are due today.

Become an Alternative PE Leader

The application to become an Alternative PE Leader for 2015-16 is available online at There also are QR codes you can scan outside of each PE Office to get to the application. All applications are due today.

Return Overdue Books, Pay Fines to the ILC ASAP

Please return all overdue library books and pay any overdue fines to the ILC before the end of the semester. As of January 20, no library materials may be checked out until books are returned and fines are paid.

ILC Hours During Finals Week

The ILC will be open during these hours next week: 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.

Testing Center Hours, Policies During Finals

The Testing Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday of finals, and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Students must sign up for tests during final times. A test can be taken only during a free period. Before and after final times don’t require signing up. If a student is signed up during a re-scheduled final, the Testing Center needs a note or an email from the teacher or counselor stating that it has been rescheduled.

Deadline to Register for February ACT at SHS

The ACT exam will be administered at Stevenson on February 7. Students wishing to take the exam must register today. To register for the ACT, go to

Audition Sign-Ups for Winter Play Start Monday

Auditions for the winter play, “The Laramie Project,” will be held at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, January 21 in the West Auditorium (2206). Audition sign-ups will begin Monday on the callboard by the Performing Arts Center. Click here to download the audition packet.

Pick Up Your PSAT Results in Room 2416

Students who took the PSAT exam last fall can pick up their results in the West Attendance Office (Room 2416). Students will be required to show their ID.

Freshman Band Students: Pick Up Your PE Uniform

Freshman band students: Pick up your PE uniforms for second semester at the Superstore.

Host an Exchange Student From Denmark or Germany

Learn all about another country and culture without leaving home by hosting an exchange student from Denmark or Germany next spring! Applications and information are available by opening this link or stopping by Room 2414. We’re beginning to match SHS host families with our Danish visitors, so turn in your application as soon as possible if your family is interested. The Danes will be here February 7-11. The Germans will visit April 12-24.


The Ambassador yearbook club meets today after school in Room 2712.

Interactive Gamers Club meets today after school in Room 1500.


If you are great with PCs and web-based tools, and want to get paid for working with computers, this opportunity is for you. Local tech company is looking for tech help. Must have solid knowledge of software and hardware. Interested candidate need to provide resume with relevant skills and experience to

Now accepting career shadow applications for 2014-15: Career shadows are available to students throughout the year. If you are interested in learning first hand about a specific career, please email Mrs. Willock at to set up an appointment.


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